We are working to create a new global network of international biosphere reserves, CaveMAB. This network will focus on connecting those of us working in cave and/or karst areas, recognizing that there are caves in multiple types of geologic environments that may benefit from participation. This network will be multidisciplinary and address the similar challenges we all face, whether social, educational, cultural, or scientific, in protecting the biodiversity of the unique cave and karst environments within the Man and the Biosphere Program. While our mission and objectives will ultimately be decided among those interested in participating, our initial thoughts are to have a data driven network to promote protection of CaveMAB locations, further cave and karst education, enhance community involvement and sustainable development, and provide opportunities for shared experiences and research. Projects that we anticipate would be development of a CaveMAB website, database of cave and karst resources within the MAB program, identification and analysis of economic, social, and environmental benefits and challenges, development of educational materials and workshops, and a network meeting every three years to present results, share experiences, and develop collaborative projects.

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The CaveMAB Organizing Committee

Clayton Ferreira Lino
Architect, Speleologist, Coordinator of the Brazilian Biosphere Reserve Network
President of the National Council of Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Forest) Biosphere Reserve, Brazil

Vanja Debevec
Biologist, Head of the Department for Research and Development
Karst Biosphere Reserve
Skocjan Caves Park, Slovenia

Lee Anne Bledsoe
Research Hydrologist, Assistant Director
Crawford Hydrology Laboratory
Western Kentucky University
Mammoth Cave Area Biosphere Reserve, USA

Darja Kranjc
Ethnologist and Cultural Anthropologist,
Department for Research and Development
Karst Biosphere Reserve
Skocjan Caves Park, Slovenia